Heavy rains, floods hit Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan trade

Heavy rains, floods hit Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan trade

Rains And Flash Floods Caused Different Sections

Rains and flash floods caused different sections along the Quetta-Zahedan rail line to be swept away, halting trade between Pakistan and Iran. Flooding near the Pak-Afghan border and surrounding areas also halted transit traffic between Pakistan and Afghanistan. 

After torrential rains struck Chagai and Naushki districts last night, causing flash floods that also washed away some 100 homes and destroyed the bridge connecting Naushki with the Quetta-Taftan national highway, the railway track was damaged at three spots. 

The track was harmed at the Naushki-Ahmedwall, Dalbandin-yak-Mach, and Nokkundi-Taftan sessions, according to a senior official who spoke to Dawn.

Train headed for Zahedan

Officials added that a train headed for Zahedan that was loaded with rice had been halted at Dalbandin station, while a train headed for Quetta that was loaded with sulphur had been stopped at Yakmach station. 

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According to Sikandar Hussain Lashari, an officer with Pakistan Railways (PR), 30 track breaches were found in the Dalbandin section, and it would take at least three days to fix them. 

He did, however, note that the ongoing alpine flash floods made it difficult to complete the rehabilitation work. Nearly 20 breaches in the Nokkundi-Taftan have been fixed, according to another PR representative in Nokkundi, Barkat Bugti, and the remaining ones will be fixed as quickly as feasible. 

Flooding at the Quetta-Kandahar highway

After flooding at the Quetta-Kandahar highway and heavy rains that halted trade, the friendship gate at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Chaman was also shut. 

On both sides of the borders, there were lengthy lines of trucks laden with products waiting for trade to resume. 

A bridge and a road that connected the two provinces were damaged in Lasbela and Khuzdar, respectively, cutting off Balochistan’s connection to Sindh entirely. 

Due to the destruction of large segments of the highway and the collapse of important bridges, traffic on the Quetta-Karachi highway is still suspended.

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